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o promote and facilitate more affordable housing, Islamorada Village council members will consider the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would mean a further incentive for new projects with a waiver/reduction of impact fees, which are imposed by the village to offset its additional costs — from police and fire to transportation, parks or public art — of new development. Discussion over the matter was last heard during a Jan. 10 meeting. The proposed ordinance amendment was considered by the Local Planning Agency earlier this week. Village Manager Seth Lawless told council there were some questions over how the village refunded or paid impact fees for development on Windley Key. With housing projects in the pipeline, Lawless discussed a set of guidelines as to how the village determines rent on rooms and determining whether to waive impact fees. “It occurred to me most developers fall into one of four categories: They’re either a for-profit developer, nonprofit developer, and they get something from village land or they don’t,” he said. Under the proposed ordinance, affordable/workforce housing development by a nonprofit that receives donation of property or cash from the village of 25 percent or more of the purchase price of land would get a 50 percent reduction in impact fees. In return, the village would receive $50 per bedroom per year in rent. For affordable and workforce development by a nonprofit entity with no donation from the village of land and/or less than 25 percent of the land purchase price, an 80 percent reduction in impact fees would be given.

Affordable housing development by a for-profit that receives donation of cash from the village of 25 percent or more of the land purchase price would get a 20 percent reduction in impact fees. In return, the village would get $200 a bedroom a year. Development by a for-profit without land donation from the village and/or less than 25 percent of the land purchase price would get a 50 percent reduction. During its January meeting, council indicated a desire to proceed with implementation of the new affordable housing initiative. “There needs to be some guidelines moving forward, since we are giving away property and we are giving away money; it was given to us (village) to give to them (developer) from the land trust,” said Mike Forster. The council also will consider the first reading of an amendment to add tourist commercial and neighborhood commercial as eligible zoning districts for the transfer of development rights from village center. A planning memo says the change would help bring more residential uses within the districts and use transferable rights in a more open way than regulations now allow. Resolutions appearing on the agenda for approval include: - Final rankings and recommendation of RFP-19-01 for asphalt repairs. - Change order to construction agreement to Anne’s Beach Boardwalk Project. - Residential building permit allocation system ranking and awards quarter 1. - Agreement between Florida Department of Environmental Protection and village related to funding through Florida Keys Stewardship Act.

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, March 14 • Islamorada Village Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Founders Park Community Center. Saturday, March 16 • BPW Professional Development Series from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Church of Nazarene, Key Largo. • The Good Health Clinic 8th annual Beach Luau from 6 to 10 p.m. at Islander Resort, Islamorada. Sunday, March 17 • Kids fishing seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Founders Park Pavilion, Islamorada. • St. Patrick’s Day event at 4 p.m. at Florida Keys Elks Lodge No. 1872, Tavernier. • St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at San Pedro Church, Tavernier. • Swimming With Whales: A Spiritual, Scientific & Artistic journey lecture from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Keys Jewish Community Center, Tavernier. Monday, March 18 • Keys Connection Lecture Series from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Key Largo library. Tuesday, March 19 • Garden Club of Upper Keys monthly meeting at 11 a.m. at Francis Tracy Garden Center, Tavernier. Wednesday, March 20 • Master gardener plant clinic from 9 a.m. to noon at Murray Nelson Government Center, Key Largo. Tuesday, March 26 • AARP safe driving class, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should bring lunch. Plantation Key sheriff’s office near MM 88. Wednesday, March 27 • Improve your lionfish hunting with Tony Young of Forever Young Charter at 7 p.m. at Divers Direct, Key Largo. Saturday, March 30 Pops in the Park from 4-5 p.m. at Murray Nelson Government Center, MM 102, bayside, Key Largo. To see Keyswide events, sign up for The Weekly’s Friday e-mail blast at keysweekly.com.


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ern Telva Drey was born Dec. 20, 1892. She grew up in South Dakota and married the love of her life, Ed Butters, on May 3, 1924. The Butterses moved to the Miami area where Ed found work during construction of the Miami Courthouse. After spending a weekend on Key Largo with some friends, Ed told his wife that if they could move to Key Largo he would build her the sandwich and dessert shop she always wanted. Several days later Fern found herself walking down Miami’s Flagler Avenue when she saw an advertisement in a real estate office’s window selling Key Largo property. She stepped inside and purchased a lot bordering the still-under-construction State Road 4A. That road would become known as the Overseas Highway. Ed built the Key Inn and it opened in December 1926. One day Fern was out exploring the area and came across a grove of Key lime trees. She picked an apron full, went back to her kitchen, and began experimenting with Key lime pie. She did not invent Key lime pie, but would begin serving the tart dessert in her restaurant that same December, making her one of the earliest to serve the Keys delicacy. Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center.

Angelo Troche was recognized as the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority’s Employee of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2018. Troche has been employed with the authority for 31 years and is the water treatment plant facilities maintenance foreman at the J. Robert Dean Water Plant in Florida City. This facility supplies drinking water throughout the Keys. In this position, he plays a critical role in overseeing specialized maintenance and repair of buildings, equipment, valves, vehicles, diesel engines, treatment units and pneumatic systems. He is known for his commitment to maintaining the equipment and willingness to work above and beyond the normal workday, to ensure the facility remains in superior condition. These traits, along with his superior co-worker relations and positive attitude, are the reason he was selected. Paint and Sip this weekend On Saturday, March 16 the History of Diving Museum will host Diane Smith of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, as she leads an alcohol ink art workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. The technique is fun, abstract, colorful and suitable for all ages and skill levels. All of the supplies will be included, as well as light refreshments. The cost is $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members. The workshop is in correlation to the museum’s featured exhibit: Dive Into Art.  Registration is available by calling the museum at 305-664-9737 or emailing Emily at programs@ divingmuseum.org. History of family boats with Bruce Matheson The Matecumbe Historical Trust’s next free presentation will held on Monday, March 18 at Island Community Church at 6:30 p.m., with guest speaker Bruce Matheson. Matheson’s topic will be “From Luxury to Utility,” 100 years of Matheson family boats on Biscayne Bay and the Keys. The presentation covers family boats from 1899 to recent times –sail, steam, gasoline and dieselpowered vessels that cruised from the Caribbean Sea to Canada. William J. Matheson, a wealthy

dye manufacturer, came to Coconut Grove in 1904. Bruce Matheson is a fourth generation member of the family. He grew up sailing and cruising on Biscayne Bay. His family owned Lignumvitae Key and built the coral rock house on the island in 1919. The Mathesons also owned property on Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe.The family purchased 1,700 acres of Biscayne Key and planted two-thirds of the island in fruit and then in coconuts in 1915, making it the largest coconut plantation in the United States.   The presentation is free and open to the public.More information is at 305-393-0940. AARP offers course on safe driving   A one-day AARP safe driving class is set for Tuesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should bring their lunch to the Plantation Key sheriff’s office near MM 88. The cost is $15 for AARP members (please bring your card) and $20 for non-members. Organizers say some participants could earn a discount on car insurance. To reserve a seat, call Mary Lou at 305-394-3878. Pickleball clinics at Founders Park Adult beginner clinics will be provided on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. An introduction to the sport will cover rules, court positioning and basic strategies. Clinics are recommended for new and inexperienced players. The price is $15 per person. Clinics will be held March 18 and 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6. Paddles and balls will be provided if needed. On Saturdays – March 23, and April 6, 13 and 27 – there are combo clinics and round robins from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; the cost is $20 per person. Combo clinics will also be held March 23, April 6, 13 and 27. Call USTPA Pro Susie Jannach at 954-290-7502 for more information and to register. Ride on a trolley and go back in time The Matecumbe Historical Trust’s next “Trolley Tour Through Time” will be Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. starting at the Islamorada Moose Lodge, 81573 Old Highway. A monitor located in the trolley shows more than 90 photos, allowing you to see the past while viewing the present. Tours take about an hour. Adult admission is $15; children 6

and under are free. A pop up shop by MHT volunteers will provide information, books, T-shirts, historic photographs and memorabilia. Tickets and reservations are available from Barbara at 305-3930940. Acrylic painting lessons at Islamorada Library Local artist Pam Gode will teach students how to make a small painting at Islamorada Library.The materials fee is $10 per class. Sign up for just one class or take all three. Classes are available on Fridays, March 22 and 29 and April 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make a reservation, stop by the front desk at the library or call 305-664-4645. Author to be on hand for book signing Meet Jason Korsiak at Islamorada Library as he presents "Marvin Mac's Bad Day," a macabre storybook for grown-ups about the worst day in the life of the unluckiest man in the world. He will discuss this work and sign books at the library on Friday, March 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. Korsiak is a writer, speaker, illustrator and youth pastor who lives on Florida's Nature Coast. He has written six books, including "Christmas Addict" and "The Superhero Gospels." More information is available from the Islamorada Branch at 305-664-4645. The facility is located at 81830 Overseas Highway, Islamorada. Spring break camp offered for youth Is your child making bad choices or skipping school? Send him or her to a free camp over spring break at High Point Camp. For ages 10-17, the camp goes from Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 22. Activities will include rock climbing, community service hours, group therapy, pyscho-education sessions and a chance to win this year’s hidden treasure. The camp is located at the Jelsema Center, 73 High Point Road, Tavernier. For more information, contact Sebastian Rivera at 786-4585174.


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The canal sediment removal project area at Sea Lane and Ocean Lane. CONTRIBUTED

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anal debris removal in Islamorada hit completion last December. With 20 canals cleared of large amounts of hurricane debris, village officials are now working to get federal approval to tackle more sediment disposal work. Overall, Islamorada Environmental Resources Manager Peter Frezza, village staff and Monroe County were impressed with the way the cleanup was carried out. Frezza said construction crews that undertook the work and environmental oversight did a great job, based on discussions and feedback from residents. “We didn’t receive any negative feedback from the work. It was all positive,” he said. “The environmental oversight was outstanding. We had no environmental issues in the canal or at the disposal site. They kept on the time schedule and kept on budget and didn’t have any issues with any of those items.” The cleanup, headed by Tavernier-based Adventure Environmental, removed more

than 1,000 cubic yards of debris, which included car and boat batteries, gas tanks, trees, appliances, old docks and roofing materials. Frezza said debris was a hidden danger that could have released toxins for decades into the water. “A lot couldn’t be seen,” he said. “It may not be so impressive to the eye because of the depth of the canal and inability to see, but we know, given how much debris was removed and what was at disposal sites. We’re getting reports visually that canals look much better and appealing.”

With debris cleared, work is now on to get canals approved for sediment removal. Monroe County submitted 34 canals to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for funding for sediment removal post-hurricane. Ten were approved for funding. NRCS approved two canals in Lower Matecumbe, but seven others in the village were denied. “We are hoping that we’ll be able to resubmit. We currently are asking NRCS to reconsider some of these canals denied,” Frezza said. ”We had some lobbyists lobbying, and the

The canal sediment removal project area at Sunset and Iroquois drives. CONTRIBUTED

county has been as well, just because there’s only 10 canals in the entire county approved. There was more money to have work done. We’re disappointed with the lack of work approved for sediment removal.” One approved canal is located between Sea and Ocean lanes, while the other is at Sunset and Iroquois drives. Frezza said work on the two canals is for a certain section and not the whole length. “For the one on Sunset and Iroquois, it’s for two relatively small sections. For Sea Lane and Ocean Lane, it’s one section,” he said. “We’re not happy with that and residents are not happy either.” Permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are required before any sediment-removal projects begin. With a March 21 project deadline approaching, Monroe County has submitted a request to extend it 60 days to allow additional time for sediment removal projects. “We did get approval for a 60-day extension, which moves the end date into the third week of May,” Frezza said. “Once we hit that deadline, we are supposed to have the work done.” Frezza commended the county for work in securing grant money through NRCS’ Emergency Watershed Protection Program to get canals back in better shape.


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LONG-TERM RECOVERY NEW FUNDING SOURCES OPENING UP

Businesses are still facing challenges 17 months after Hurricane Irma, and FEMA funds to governments are still pending. Unincorporated Monroe County still looks to receive $70 million. Adding Islamorada, Key Colony, Marathon and Key West, that figure jumps to more than $150 million. JIM McCARTHY

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s communities await money to rebuild, new funding sources are getting ready to open up for businesses. That’s according to Helene Wetherington, county disaster recovery director, who shared information and provided updates during a recent Islamorada Chamber gathering regarding long-term recovery for businesses and tourism post-Irma. “I know it’s been 17 months since Irma,” she said. “And for more of you, hopefully you have recovered or you’re well on your way toward recovery. I know that it must seem so frustrating for this all to occur, but it’s happening and moving forward. In the next six months, we’ll see funds flowing through communities.” For businesses in the marine industry, Wetherington said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hoping to roll out $44.6 million to areas affected by the hurricane once it receives approval from NOAA to disburse funds. In October 2017, thenGov. Rick Scott requested U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to declare a fishery disaster. Ross made that declaration in February 2018. NOAA Fisheries allocated the more than $40 million to the state to respond to the disaster, but a proposal from FWC for use of funds still needs

NOAA’s approval. Per FWC’s proposal, $2.5 million would be allocated for lobster trap certificate buy-back and $3.7 million for lobster trap replacement. Wetherington said $10 million is proposed for direct payments to commercial fishermen, $7 million in direct payouts to seafood wholesale dealers and $1.3 million in direct payouts to licensed charter businesses. The program for payouts to commercial fishermen could roll out first, Wetherington said. Funding’s also being proposed for coastal habitat restoration, public fishing access repairs and marine debris cleanup. Wetherington said funds through NOAA will be allocated for the entire Irma impact area — not just Monroe County. She said she wants the county to be ready to jump on that money as soon as it becomes available. “Some folks tell me, ‘It’s too early, we don’t have details yet.’ But that’s OK. We can go ahead and be ready when programs roll out,” she said. Wetherington also touched on a proposed Recovery Workforce Training program through the state Department of Economic Opportunity to confront the lack of workers in the trades. Wetherington said the state thought it would be helpful to allocate money to train the workforce. No timeline has been outlined for the proposed

program. “We’ve also been talking to Florida Keys Community College, which started an apprenticeship program out of Key West and wants to run it in the Middle Keys and Key Largo,” she said. “We’re negotiating with FKCC to see if money can go to them to build an apprenticeship program. We’d be looking for businesses in trades to take apprentices once FKCC is up here.” She also noted the Business Recovery Grant Program, which DEO is eyeing to create for eligible business owners who are seeking reimbursement for the cost of replacing equipment and inventory damaged by Irma. Wetherington said there’s no timeline on this program either. “That should be helpful to a lot of businesses and restaurants and so forth that lost inventory and took a big hit there,” she said. As for Rebuild Florida, the $50 million program for Monroe County to repair, rebuild and elevate homes damaged by Irma, the deadline is fast approaching to apply. Wetherington said the program closes March 29.


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air Insurance Rates in Monroe (FIRM) has entered into an agreement with Ransom Consulting Engineers and Scientists to obtain and analyze the scientific and technical data used to generate FEMA’s new Monroe County flood maps. Although draft maps have not been released, FIRM anticipates the need for an appeal. Ransom has successfully appealed flood maps for other communities, resulting in maps with lower base flood elevations than FEMA’s preliminary maps indicated. FEMA has engineering data from the contractors who are performing the flood insurance study. Local governments can request that FEMA share those data submittals with Ransom, which will examine the scientific and technical basis for the proposed mapping. “Because of the complexity and the volume of the data, it would be difficult to develop an appeal within the 90-day timeframe offered by FEMA,” said FIRM President Mel Montagne. “We believe it is in Monroe County’s best interest to take a proactive approach and begin preparing for an appeal now, given the impacts the maps could have on insurance rates, building costs and property values.” The draft maps are expected in the spring for local governments to review for technical accuracy. The preliminary maps will be available for public review and input as early as the fall. The communities then have 90 days to appeal to FEMA. The current maps for Monroe County were drawn in 2005. With improved technology and added levels to the modeling, the new maps are expected to bring significant changes to some areas of Monroe County. FIRM will be working with local governments to provide outreach to residents to be prepared. FIRM is a non-partisan grassroots organization formed to fight for fair property insurance rates for property owners and residents of Monroe County. FIRM was successful in securing a 2018 residential windstorm insurance rate freeze for Monroe County, which saved county policyholders about $4 million in 2018 alone. More information is at firmkeys.org. ­— Contributed

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Former Astronaut and Celebrity Angler Bruce Melmick. CONTRIBUTED

Sam Weis will perform on 12-string guitar on Saturday, March 23 at Heartbreakers Brewhouse, 81001 Overseas Highway. CONTRIBUTED

12-STRING GUITARIST

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15th Redbone coming up

penings are available for anglers to fish the 15th annual Redbone @ Large Robert James Sales Celebrity Sunrise/Sunset Tarpon Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. This event features three half-day trips that bracket the very best times of the day to pursue tarpon. All outings leave from and return to the Lorelei Cabana Bar and Marina, right in the heart of Islamorada, MM 82. Baseball Hall Of Famer Wade Boggs and former American astronaut Bruce Melnick will attend. The all-release format can be fished with bait, artificial or on fly. The tourney is one of 19 Redbone tournaments throughout the nation, Mexico, Belize, and the Bahamas that benefit cystic fibrosis research. CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of tens of thousands of young people. More than 30,000 people in the U.S. are affected by cystic fibrosis. The tax deductible tournament entry is $3,700 for two anglers fishing three half-day charters, and includes licensed guide and several great social events held at the Keys History & Discovery Center; Lorelei, the tournament host Marina; and the iconic Islamorada Fishing Club. This year’s tournament will be filmed by Capt. Frank Cresitelli for the show “Fin Chasers� streaming instantly on Amazon Prime. More information is available from the Redbone Gallery at 305-664-2002 or at redbone.org. — Contributed

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am Weis, a master of the 12-string guitar, will perform in Islamorada on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. The “Live Session� concert — presented by ICE, Radio A1A, and Heartbreakers — will be held at Heartbreakers Brewhouse, 81001 Overseas Highway. Noting that Weis has played guitar since she was 7, David Feder, ICE president, said she “has made her mark in jazz, hard rock, and with the acoustic 12-string. She is also an impressive songwriter and has a rich alto voice that showcases her insightful lyrics.� Frets magazine said “When it comes to finger-picking a 12-string, the lady is a champ.� Tickets are $15 at keysice.com, and at the door if available. — Contributed

  



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The Art Guild of the Purple Isles recently installed a new art display at the Tassell Building at Mariners Hospital. On the second floor going up to the Wellness Center, people will see work from various artists including Yvette Cotera, Mary Bonde, Geri Smith, Kay Morrow, Maria Estevez, Jane Tomlinson and Carmen Alex.

The mission of the guild is to foster camaraderie, support and encourage visual artists with educational activities and venues for exhibiting their work and to develop public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. — Weekly staff report

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hen you are on a boat, it’s hard to imagine boundaries. The sea is the sea. Wave after wave, it all looks the same. Above-water landmarks are few and far between. There are no signs that say, “now entering federal waters.” Regulatory boundaries are sometimes hard to fathom. In Florida, one of the biggest fishery management boundaries is that between state waters, where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) makes the regulations, and federal waters, which are mostly managed by federal fishery councils and NOAA Fisheries with input from FWC. Sometimes regulations are the same in both state and federal waters, but not always, which is why it is important to know there is a line, and where that line is. Florida is the only state where that boundary shifts, depending on which coast you are on. State waters in the Atlantic extend out to 3 nautical miles, while in the Gulf they extend out to 9 nautical miles. State boundaries in open waters of the United States began to be defined in the 1940s, mainly due to concerns about rights for oil. In a 1947 case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against California, saying the federal government possessed rights in all submerged lands of the Pacific seaward of the low-water mark. The court ruled similarly against Louisiana and Texas. Congress reacted by creating the Submerged Lands Act of 1953, which declared that states owned the submerged lands, and the natural resources within, out to 3 geographic miles. The act included a provision that a state’s boundary could be extended if

it was beyond 3 geographic miles from the coast prior to when statehood was achieved. Florida immediately asserted its boundary went beyond 3 geographic miles before it achieved statehood in 1845 and that Congress approved its boundary when Florida was readmitted to the Union after the Civil War. The claim did not make it to the Supreme Court until 1960, where it was proven that Article I of Florida’s Constitution (1868), which was approved by Congress, described the boundary off Florida’s Gulf Coast as “three leagues from mainland.” Florida’s Atlantic coast boundary was settled at 3 geographic miles from shore. One nautical league is equal to 3 nautical miles, so the “three leagues from mainland” is equal to the 9 nautical miles in the Gulf today. For fishery management purposes, federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles (less in areas where our waters butt up against other country’s waters, such as in the Caribbean). Federal waters are also known as the Exclusive Economic Zone or EEZ. For more on the history of this nation’s boundaries, visit NauticalCharts.NOAA.gov/data/us-maritimelimits-and-boundaries.html. For those interested in measurements, while we use nautical miles today, you may have noted that the original language used geographic miles. A geographic mile is slightly longer than a nautical mile (a geographic mile is 6,087.08 feet and a nautical mile is 6.076.11549 feet); the difference between 9 geographic miles and 9 nautical miles is less than 100 feet. The 3-mile limit itself, sources say, stems from how far a cannon ball could reach when fired from land. It is also said that, due to the earth’s curvature, 3 nautical miles is how far it is to the horizon. There may not be signs, but it’s always important to know where you are. State/federal boundary lines are marked as the natural resource line on NOAA nautical charts and these lines are also preloaded on most marine GPS units. Need a map? Check out the maps page at MyFWC.com/Marine by clicking on “Recreational Regulations” and “Fisheries Maps.” —Contributed

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

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HITTING THE MAT Males in yoga increasing in Key Largo ELLEN T. WHITE

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hen Hurricane Irma tore through Vaughn Johnson's bayside property in September 2017, it left his house intact but did considerable damage to the surrounding trees and vegetation. "I started work on the cleanup the next day and was kind of shocked that I was so out of shape," he said. It was a "fork in the road" for Johnson, 48, who had noticed that a few of his contemporaries were dealing with failing health. "I thought, 'here's my opportunity. I can either get in shape now or take my chances with whatever illness or other physical problem comes up from here on.'" That revelation spurred Johnson to sign up for classes in water aerobics and to head to the gym. But he has found his bliss at Key Largo Yoga, a place for those seeking strength and enlightenment in their daily lives. "I wanted the flexibility and agility that yoga offers, but I found out that it affects so many aspects of your body — your joints, your muscles, even your mental state." Entering its sixth year in April, Key Largo Yoga offers daily classes with certified instructors, ranging from the gentler Restorative and Candlelight Yoga to the more challenging Hatha and Vinyasa Level 1-3. The business also holds a host of specialty workshops in subjects such as Reiki, meditation and essential oils. "We opened with the vision and desire to create a safe and sacred space where our students will feel welcome and inspired to experience and enjoy the transformative benefit of yoga," according to Kathy Shirley, Key Largo Yoga owner. What's interesting is how many men are being called "to the mat" and have chosen Key Largo Yoga as the place to start. Nearly a quarter of the studio's members are men, and their ranks are growing, along with the national average. "There's really something for everyone," said Bud Conlin, 65, who takes two to 10 classes a week since joining the studio two years ago. "Regardless of your abilities, you feel welcome, and there's no judgment from anyone. There's no testosterone flying around." Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines that originated in India around 3000 B.C. "More recently, yoga came to be associated solely with women," said Damian Groak, 42, an instructor at Key Largo Yoga. "Historically it was only practiced by men, at least in public." Ancient Sanskrit texts on yoga are written from the point of view of male practitioners and there are no premodern depictions of women practicing yogic postures. However, it was largely women who promoted yoga in the U.S. in the 1980s, at which point it was branded as stretching, a non-exercise. Yoga picked up a reputation for being New Age, something that "real men" didn't do, particularly in a class dominated by women in Spandex. Greg Dowell, 71, said he felt "intimidated" at his first class at Key Largo Yoga, in which he was surrounded by flexible younger women, some of whom were "bent into pretzel shapes." Ten years ago Dowell was hit by a car while riding a scooter, which left him with titanium parts in his knee and hip. He vowed to change his unhealthy ways, focusing on diet ("no more jar of Skippy peanut butter each week, which I ate with my finger"), daily walks, pilates and ultimately yoga as the centerpiece. Weighing in at 216 pounds at the

Key Largo Yoga instructor Damian Groak assists a student in a handstand. ELLEN T. WHITE/Keys Weekly

Key Largo Yoga instructor Damian Groak in a meditative pose with a sound bowl.

Key Largo Yoga instructor Damian Groak, right, leads students, from left, Greg Dowell and Todd Ebelein in the warrior two position (known as vera two or virabradhasana two in Sanskrit) pose. ELLEN T. WHITE/Keys Weekly


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start, Dowell is a lean, mean 170 pounds today. He is in such good shape that he recovered from a triple bypass five years ago in record time. "I don't have aches and pains. I can do things that most men my age can't do. Each day I feel energized," says Dowell, who practices five or six times a week at Key Largo Yoga. "I don't worry about who's on the next mat. I'm there for me." According to Kat Wheatley, instructor and manager of Key Largo Yoga, the benefits of yoga range from weight loss and lowered blood pressure to full body fitness and improved balance and stability. Athletes like LeBron James and Kareem AbdulJabbar practice to avoid injury, as do sports teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. Bodybuilders use yoga to improve their range of motion and flexibility. Still, "some men tend to dismiss it as 'just yoga,' not a real work-out," Wheatley said. Todd Ebelein has a different perspective. A dedicated athlete his entire life, Ebelein, 45, particularly craves the "adrenaline rush" of sports like surfing, kiteboarding and wakeboarding. He first began practicing Ashtanga yoga 10 years ago at an Islamorada studio, which has since folded. "Like a lot of guys I chased a girl into the yoga studio The Key Largo Yoga mantra at first, and could on the studio wall. never have predicted then that I'd still be doing it 10 years later," said Ebelein, who takes the more demanding morning classes at Key Largo Yoga three times a week. "In every respect — meditatively, physically, spiritually — yoga is a challenge. I think of it as a little like surfing. You've got to stay in the moment because it takes your full concentration." Ebelein credits the deliberate breathing that is a part of yoga with helping to maintain a Zen attitude under pressure. "I'm a small business owner, which means that every day has its trials and frustrations," he says. "It's like a difficult yoga pose. You learn to go back to your breath to calm your mind." Newbie Greg Draper, 67, who started practicing yoga last November, claims that the effects of yoga can be felt in a short time. "I wasn't having much success getting rid of my mid-section with an elliptical gym, but with yoga I can see a difference," said Draper, who spends half of the year in Key Largo, the other half in Oklahoma, where he plans to continue practicing. "I wish I'd started doing this 10 years ago." As for men who are thinking of trying yoga, grab a pair of gym shorts and find a class — no excuses. "It's a myth that if you can't bend over and touch your toes you can't do yoga," said Groak. "The reality is just the opposite. A yoga practice is where you gain flexibility and strength at the same time." Key Largo Yoga is located in the Dameron Building at 99198 Overseas Highway, Suite #9, Key Largo. For class schedules, pricing, sign-up and more information, visit keylargoyoga.com or call 305-879-0377.

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DIVING FOR TRASH Chains, ropes, traps scooped up

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Divers take to the water for a reef cleanup. JOHN CHRISTOPHER FINE/Contributed

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hen Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys, many reefs in the Middle Keys suffered damage. Lobstermen lost traps, floats and lines were torn away, leaving below masses of twisted polypropylene lines and derelict traps. Anchor lines, fishing monofilament, plastic bags, cans and discarded trash thrown overboard by careless boaters or washed into the ocean by storms continue to litter the reefs. “If (the trash) has become part of the reef, or it would break coral to remove it, show it to your dive guide,” Key Dives dive instructor Cortney Benson said to 16 divers who gathered for a reef cleanup. The guide could determine whether to leave it alone or remove it, Benson said, noting that guides have lift bags for heavy items. “Dive safety is the most important consideration,” Benson said. “We have been doing reef cleanup since we began operations here,” said Mike Goldberg, owner of Key Dives. “While we have always removed plastic and trash from the reefs, a government grant after Hurricane Irma has enabled us to take local divers out without charge to par-

ticipate in organized reef cleanup dives on a regular basis.” Goldberg and his Key Dives team have embarked on a series of environmental initiatives that offer incentives to divers to help protect the ocean environment. In a program called “Paradise Doesn’t Need Plastic,” Key Dives purchased 5,000 permanent red shopping bags. They give them away to use at check-out instead of plastic. Permanent straws and eating utensils have also formed a part of Key Dives initiatives to decrease the amount of plastic that finds its way into the ocean. The recent dive was a special event. It marked the eighth cleanup dive of winter season. Florida Keys Brewing Company in Islamorada hosted a party for all divers who participated, and local merchants donated prizes for a raffle. Key Dives operations manager Jason Adams tried to tie the previous record of 20 anchors by hauling up quite a load. He patiently untangled or cut anchor lines that tangled around coral underwater. In the absence of moorings in many places, fishermen and boaters still anchor. Many carelessly land on reefs, their chains and lines breaking coral. Modern anchor lines do not degrade. Wave action will cause lines to shift on coral, continuing to break fragile growth. Adams’ tally, with the efforts of two other teams led by Benson and

Ropes, anchors and derelict lobster traps are among the items collected during the recent Keys Dives reef cleanup.

Mike Goldberg and his Key Dives team have embarked on a series of initiatives that offer incentives to divers to help protect the ocean environment.

dive instructor Mike Ryan, was 14 anchors with lines. Mesh bags bulged with monofilament, cans and plastic trash. Benson removed a derelict lobster trap using a lift bag. On two successive dives within sight of the Alligator Reef marker, 456 pounds of trash was removed from the ocean. “Our total is 4,012 pounds of trash. Eighty-six divers participated during our eight cleanup trips so far,” Benson said. Many dive operators have taken important initiatives toward protecting reefs by removing debris from the ocean. Continuing efforts by Key Dives and others will help ensure that Florida’s reefs remain viable and healthy. More information is available from Key Dives at 305-6642211 or www.keydives.com.


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n March 13, Coral Shores high school students competed in the Keys Federal Credit Union’s Financial Fitness Tournament. Four teams competed from late morning throughout the afternoon for a $1,500 check and the chance to represent the Upper Keys and face winners from the Middle and Lower Keys. Teams went one-on-one answering multiple-choice financial questions. When it was all said and done, the team of Cole Russo, Gage Denis and Shennan Kasprzak, sponsored by St. James the Fisherman, came out the victor to move on to the next stage. The Keys-wide champion will received another $1,500 prize and the chance to move on to Orlando to compete in the next phase of competition. Sponsors for the challenge in the Upper Keys include St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church, Markey’s Marine, Upper Keys Weekly, Florida Key Electric Cooperative and Upper Keys Marine Construction

JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly From top: Coral Shores’ competitors in the Financial Fitness Challenge pose with Mary Lou Carn and Sarah Evans from Keys Federal Credit Union and Juli Lewis from the League of Southeastern Credit Unions. CONTRIBUTED The team of Shane Dunleavy, Brayan Rojas and Juan Villalobos, sponsored by FKEC, are locked in as they prepare to answer their question. Caleb Montgomery, Dominic Holcomb and Enrique Lamolos, sponsored by Markey Marine, look at their next question. The team of Cole Russo, Gage Dennis and Shennan Kasprzak, sponsored by St. James the Fisherman, prepares to answer. The team of Terry Cooper, Jordan Saylor and Julie Cano, sponsored by Upper Keys Weekly, are glued to the screen as they get their question.


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‘NOT YOUR NORMAL BEACHSIDE GRILL’ Tides brings flair to meals, drinks JIM McCARTHY

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here’s no better way to spend an afternoon or evening than enjoying a burger or some seafood with a refreshing drink as you look out at the water. At Tides Beachfront Bar & Grill, enjoy the flavors of the area while enjoying a day by the pool or the beach. Located along the beachfront at Islander Resort, Tides is bringing relaxation and a true laid-back feel along with some mouth-watering fare. Tony Spriggs, food and beverage director, said the oceanside beach bar and grill is unique when it comes to the food. “It’s not your normal beachside grill,” he said. “It has a lot of flair and touch that Chef Andy has brought to it,” he said. Open to the public, the Tides has a long list of specialty drinks to choose from. If you’re looking for something refreshing, try the sunset lemonade that’s made with Smirnoff lemon vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh orange juice, grenadine and garnished with a lemon wedge. Want a dessert-like drink following dinner? Try the chocolate banana monkey, which is made with two rums, cream of coconut, pineapple chunks, pineapple juice and garnished with whipped cream and a cherry. “We do fresh-squeezed juices and we do an eastern-shore Maryland orange crush,” Spriggs said. “Some of the all-time frozen favorites include the ultimate pina colada.” On the menu are 11 appetizers, from conch castles and rum-glazed chicken wings to fried pickle chips and mango shrimp tacos. There’s also the cheesy seafood delight known as the lobster truffle mac and cheese. It’s made with local lobster, shell pasta, manchego and pecorino bread crumbs.

The beachside truffle burger is 8 ounces of truffle-infused brisket short rib and chuck blend angus beef burger with champignon mushroom brie and seared foie gras. Try it with a refreshing sunset lemonade. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

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VET, LOCAL PADDLE LEGEND GO 300 MILES

1. Scott Baste, paddleboarder and owner of Paddle the Florida Keys, left, and veteran Josh Collins, embark on a 300-plus mile journey from Tampa Bay to Key Largo. CONTRIBUTED 2. Baste and Collins say paddling together helped through some hairy situations. 3. Baste and Collins congratulate each other with a hug upon arrival in Key Largo on the evening of March 8.

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eteran Josh Collins and local paddleboard legend Scott Baste have completed the Everglades Challenge once before. Besides Baste and Collins, only two others have completed the long, daunting, yet exhilarating paddle down the Florida Bay. Recently, the two set out trying to conquer the journey for the second time. Paddling 307 miles in five days and 22 hours, the two made it yet again, but this time it was a bit more special. Collins and Baste took off from Tampa Bay on March 2 en route to Key Largo. The journey, completed on the evening of March 8, brought some fun times and some challenging moments with some wicked headwinds. A special operations combat veteran, with multiple rotations to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia, Collins is a wounded warrior with four documented traumatic brain injuries. He retired out of the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment in 2008, but he continued to support the military as a contractor stateside and abroad. During a training exercise in 2013, he sustained a major concussion. He spent months in the hospital for sustained traumatic brain injury therapy and subsequently retired. Following his hospitalization, his wife, Tonia, got him a stand-up paddleboard.

“I’ve been paddleboarding for about three years, almost four,” said Collins, who did this challenge for the military charity Black Dagger Military Hunt Club. “They help get people together in a sport they’re comfortable doing. They were the first organization to reach out to me about going hunting. We got out there, and the next thing you know you’re with the boys again for a three-day weekend.” Setting out on the paddle March 2, Collins and Baste say it was an interesting rivalry, as they were both vying to be the first one to complete it twice. The two met during last year’s Everglades Challenge, which Baste completed for the first time. Collins completed it in 2017. “He had a partner who fell out,” Collins said. “We wound up at Charlotte Harbor where we started paddling together. Then I decided to go outside from Sanibel because it got rough for me, but we caught up with each other.” “At first we paddled separately until the third day,” Baste said. “We went back and forth and decided to go together and consolidate abilities so we could increase our chances of finishing.” The two would paddle for about 20 hours before getting some rest. Baste noted that Collins had strong navigational skills during the night, and Baste had better feel of the course’s bottom section with his local knowledge. Collins said paddling together was beneficial for using each other’s strengths and being there for one another’s weaknesses.

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“With two people, it cuts down on the workload,” Collins said. “And an extra set of eyes is nice. There were times where it was tough, but we were able to relax along the way.” While there were some mistakes and hairy situations, Baste said, they worked together and game-planned quickly. “Over the course, things change and you have to reset your goals and route,” Baste said. “We paddle the same speed, so that helps, too. We weren’t pushing each other too hard and we didn’t have to play keep up and wait up.” This was Collins’ seventh expedition in the past three years. He does it for different charities in a journey to inspire and raise awareness about veterans’ suicide. As for this year’s Everglades Challenge, he said he was glad to have Baste with him along the way. “Selfless is a word that comes to mind,” Collins said about Baste. “He’s very passionate and I really enjoyed having him as a teammate because he is a strong supporter.” Baste and Collins say they both hope to complete the challenge for a third time, and do so with a few others.


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Pull out your green attire, put on a leprechaun hat, get some alcohol in your hand and enjoy the festivities this St. Paddy’s Day, Sunday, March 17. The Weekly went out to ask folks:

HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY? Bonnie Barnes says, “Eating corned beef and cabbage. Oh, and I gotta have a pint!”

Capt. Spencer Slate says, “ A day of diving with my Irish friends!”

Tricia Woods says, “When I lived in Tampa, we would go to Curtis Hixon Park to see the river go from blue to green.”

TOP 10 THE TOP TEN PRIORITIES FOR FLORIDA KEYS DAY 10) Construct a new basketball arena/sports complex on Boot Key for the team formerly known as the Miami Heat. 9) Rename the Florida Keys Community College “Stock Island University” 8) Abolish ROGO

Will Peña said, “Eating corned beef and wearing some green.”

7) Establish dynamite as an acceptable method of harvesting iguana. 6) Convince Florida’s Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to abandon his “pin-the-tail-on-thedonkey” methodology for setting windstorm rates in favor of science, historical data and economics.

Florida Keys officials, business leaders and administrators will head to Tallahassee next week to lobby state officials on critical issues effecting Monroe County. Since its inception 11 years ago, the event has served as a catalyst to reform windstorm insurance premiums, rehabilitate the old 7 Mile Bridge and solidify the Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Act. This year the list of objectives include introducing the new governor and his cabinet to critical issues such as affordable housing and nearshore water quality. In advance of the event, the Weekly has polled some of the attendees to reveal….

5) Crown this 2019 martini-drinking champion held annually at the Governors Club. 4) Deliver a wet willy to Governor Ron DeSantis from former Islamorada Mayor Chris Sante. 3) Present State Representative Holly Raschein with a Casio sportswatch and a piece of Key Lime Pie on a stick for her 16+ years of public service. 2) Let the Department of Economic Opportunity know we have solved the affordable housing crisis. 1) Find out where all that lottery money is going.


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HIGH ADVENTURE A AN EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY OTHER FOR SCOUTS

t the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base dock, a troop of scouts spent a portion of their Tuesday afternoon in scuba training. Across the way on the sea base grounds, scouts from Troop 889 out of Woodlands, Texas, suited up for some dive training at the pool. Since its inception, scouting has been all about exploring and appreciating the wilderness. At the Florida Sea Base, opportunities are offered year-round for scouts — boys and girls from 13 to 18 —to explore a different world. “About 80 percent of our scouts have never been here at the Sea Base before,” said Mike Johnson, executive director. “Around 50 to 70 percent have never been in the ocean, because they’re from all across the county. They’ll see and do things that they wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.” The Florida Sea Base began in the late 1970s as the Florida Gateway to High Adventure, when Sam Wampler began offering sailing and diving programs from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area to the Keys and Bahamas. With a rented warehouse to hold provisions and equipment, he operated out of his station wagon to pick up scouts as they arrived. From there, he’d suit them up and board them on a sailboat. At the end of their adventure, Sam would greet them at the dock, issue their patches and collect their gear. With the program growing, he sought a permanent location and found one in the old Toll Gate Inn near MM 73, bayside, in Lower Matecumbe. With a grant from the Fleischmann Foundation, the property was purchased. In the first summer of the Sea Base, Executive Director Mike Johnson said close to 800 scouts were served in 1980. Today, that number has grown to 15,000. “Sam would be excited and happy that more scouts and people are enjoying the Sea Base,” he said. “He’d also be pretty jealous. From 1988-92, we were beginning to hit a point where we were getting capital infusion and equipment. He’d be excited about

the quality of equipment and facilities we have here today.” The Sea Base operates 20 adventures from six locations, with three in the Florida Keys and the rest in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Adventures like coral reef sailing, scuba, sea exploring and STEM Eco Adventure are administered out of the Lower Matecumbe Key facility. Various programming and adventuring are also offered at the Brinton Environmental Center at MM 23.8, including a new STEM program that launched last year. “It’s a fun, new adventure where scouts go out and tag sharks, learn about coral and coral reef restoration, check seagrass beds and provide all this information back to NOAA, Mote Marine and University of Miami,” Johnson said. Scouts in the Bahamas get to visit small villages, while those heading to St. Thomas get to board a 40-foot vessel in the crystal blue water of the Caribbean to snorkel the reef and collect data to help save endangered coral reefs and sea turtles. In St Croix, participants set sail, snorkel, boat and kayak and learn about ecosystems and underwater species. In the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Croix, Johnson says they don’t own anything other than some equipment. “We just lease a dock and a marina,” he said. “The neat part about the Sea Base that I share is that the business model is don’t buy it or build if you can beg it, borrow it or lease it.” Johnson, who took a summer job at the Sea Base in 1988, said it’s amazing to see the growth, success and the real value of watching scouts come through the facility and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Some have never been on a sailboat or never been on the ocean,” he said. “They’re learning to scuba, they’re out exploring and that’s incredible to watch and be part of.” More information about the Florida Sea Base is at www.bsaseabase.org.

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1. Scouts get suited up with the help from instructors. 2. The dive boat used by Florida Sea Base sits docked.

3. Scouts get some scuba lessons out on the dock on March 11. 4. Troop 889 of Woodlands, Texas prepares for some diving instruction at the Florida Sea Base pool.


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WORKING TOGETHER

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay presents Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Capt. David Dipre and Lt. Andy Sox with an 18-foot, air-conditioned trailer for the FWC Dive Team. CONTRIBUTED

Sheriff gives FWC dive team new trailer

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eam Seraphim of Ocean Reef, led by Captain Jerry Pohl of Miami, tallied 12 sailfish releases to take top honors at the two-day Billfish Championship, a main event of the Jimmy Johnson Fishing Championship Week that ended March 9 in the Florida Keys. The Seraphim team earned $405,000 in overall prize money for the victory, as well as authentic, customdesigned Jimmy Johnson’s NBC Championship rings for each team member.

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heriff Rick Ramsay recently presented the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with a new 18-foot trailer for its Dive Team using funds gathered from criminal investigations. The FWC Dive Team has long been in need of a trailer and this large, airconditioned unit will provide ample space to store, protect and work on gear, change clothes and serve as a planning and resting area before and after dives, said Ramsay and FWC Capt. David Dipre. The FWC and Sheriff’s Office dive teams often train, work and deploy together so both agencies would benefit from the trailer, Dipre said. Ramsay often uses forfeiture funds to help or purchase items in need by other law enforcement agencies, non-profits and communityminded organizations in the Keys. This $15,000 trailer came from the use of those funds, which are gathered from criminal investigations and at no cost to taxpayers. “No one law enforcement agency can operate in a vacuum and that’s particularly true in small communities such as ours,” said Ramsay. “The FWC has been and will always be one of our strongest partners, both on and off the water. I know this trailer will be put to good use and that means safer waters and better service for all the residents and visitors of the Florida Keys.” — Contributed

Pohl’s team included Carl Lindner IV and Vanessa Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Miamians Albert Hernandez, Pat Brown, Richard Peeples and John Long. Captain John Dudas led his Miami-based team on Sandman to second place with 11 releases, and angler Sandra McMillan of Fort Lauderdale garnered top female honors with six releases. Captain Raul Gonzalez and his Bar South team placed third with 10 fish. Second- and third-place teams earned $165,000 and $100,000 in prize money, respectively. Team Chop It Up/Blue Moon Fish Co. of Fort Lauderdale, led by owner Bryce Statham, took top honors in the weighted division and total winnings of $91,000 for two wahoos weighing 44.3 and 40.5 pounds, and an 18.1-pound kingfish. Anglers Chris Osceola and Charles Johnson, fishing from the Qualifier and led by Captain Terry Claus, won the one-day Celebrity Pro-Am Championship. A $1.75 million total purse for the Jimmy Johnson Fishing Championship Week makes it the world’s richest guaranteed tournament purse, according to organizers. The multi-day event attracted 107 boat teams and more than 750 anglers who released 310 sailfish. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Community Initiatives Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting various fundraising programs throughout South Florida that include Tranquil Shores Foundation. — Contributed


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rying to lose weight, tone up or build, or need some help finding the right food to eat? There’s someone who can get you on the path. If there are two things I enjoy, it’s working out and eating some delicious food, like a juicy burger and fries or some ice cream. Unfortunately, those two don’t go together if you’re trying to maintain a toned physique. I’m starting to find that out slowly, and yes, I’ve fallen victim to the buy one-get one for 99 cents Blizzard at Dairy Queen (those things are so good). For the past three years, I’ve made it part of my routine to enter through the doors of a gym for at least an hour-long workout. I’ve come a long way from my days as a skinny, 120-pound dude. While I got the lifting part down pat and have gained some muscle, the eating part is another story (a

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bad, bad one). A good friend of mine told me of someone who’s helping guide people in the right direction when it comes to dieting based on their goal. For me, it’s toning up. As I work to make a lifestyle change eating-wise, I reached out to Hannah Padgett for some help. Padgett’s a registered and licensed dietician who has helped clients for more than three years now. She also works for the Florida Department of Health in the Keys as a public health nutritionist supervisor. As founder of The Food Coach, she’s working with clients of all ages to provide education and support. Figuring out a nutrition plan is no easy task to go at alone, especially if you’re looking to stay committed and really want change. That’s why I reached out to her for some help. My initial visit was a wonderful one. We spoke about my goals and discussed what’s expected. For those thinking about this, it’s a big commitment as it’s a lifestyle change. As committed as I am in the gym, I’ve come to a point where I’m ready to commit on the eating side to get even more results. As she asked what I ate the day before for the assessment, I fessed up and said a burger and fries for lunch followed by a Blizzard, and another Blizzard in the evening (probably not a good idea to do before the first visit). But hey, it was a good laugh. And no, you don’t have to cut out what you enjoy for good. Find a way to cut back on it and balance what you eat with healthier options. I look forward to this food journey with the help and support from Hannah. I’ve got a sample meal plan that she’s prepared for me for the week, and so far so good. She notes that clients need three months of coaching. Her website explains in great detail how it all works. Check it out yourself at thefoodcoachrd.wordpress.com.

Tuesday morning breakfast consisted of sunny side-up eggs, some turkey bacon, an apple with some coffee and milk. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly


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he Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District expects to save tens of thousands of dollars this year -and millions over the next decades -- by going green. With the installation of solar panels on the roof of the main treatment plant and the adjacent disinfection basin, the regional sewer district will save more than $40,000 during the 2019 fiscal year with this pilot program. The plant and basin are located on the ocean side at mile marker 100.5. “Electricity and chemical costs are among the district's largest expenses," said general manager Peter Rosasco. "By working with our engineers and a local contractor, staff was able to design a program that will save the district in excess of $2.5 million over the next 40 years in combined energy and chemical costs.” That is just the beginning of the energy upgrade that will eventually cover the administration building at mile marker 103.5 and each of the six pumping stations with solar panels. Each panel has a life expectancy of 40 years. The pilot project will cost rate-payers nothing, because a Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant covers the total cost of the project, some $386,600. Besides the $41,549 saved during the seven months remaining in this fiscal year, the savings over 20 years is projected to be $1,016,404, and over the projected 40-year lifespan of the solar panels $2,546,993 ac-

From left, Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District commissioners Sue Helm and Robby Majeska, Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy, state Rep. Holly Raschein, district chairman David Asdourian and Salt Energy CEO Chuck Meier celebrate the installation of solar panels at the district’s operations building on Feb. 28. CHARLES FULCO/Keys Weekly

cording to district engineer Ed Castle. The impetus of using sustainable energy is two-fold: The pilot program alone will reduce energy costs while reducing tons of CO2, equal to 3,324 trees taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The cost-saving estimates include anticipated annual increases in cost of electricity, using the annual average increase in FPL rates over the past 25 years. On Feb. 21 alone, the rooftop panels produced 214.04 kilowatt hours. The ball got rolling when commissioners saw Florida Keys Electric Coop costs climbing and an annual electric bill of more than $600,000. The FKEC gets its power

from Florida Power and Light. The power is generated at Turkey Point, where radioactive water has been eating its way from the nuclear cooling canals westward toward the aquifer which supplies our drinking water. The cost of cleaning up that problem, plus the increased cost of providing electrical power to an ever-expanding South Florida, guarantees ever-increasing costs to the district. “The district board has determined that the continued hardening of our assets, reducing of our carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency of the district’s operations is a top priority,” said Rosasco. Along the way, it was determined that solar panels covering the disinfection basin would add to the savings. The district was going to cover the disinfection basin in order to reduce evaporation of sodium hypochlorite anyway, so it made sense to add the panels. Hypochlorite is the liquid chlorine bleach used to disinfect the effluent prior to disposal in the deep injection well. Solar panels are being mounted atop the basin cover, allowing it to serve a dual purpose. “By providing shade over the disinfection basin, we reduce the UV degradation. As well, the solar panels over the disinfection basin provide the dual benefit of reducing chemical costs and producing electricity,” Castle said. — Contributed


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r. Sally Bauer spent her medical career in emergency rooms treating trauma patients. She married Dr. Joe Bauer, who studied medicine overseas and brought a new technique that he improved to the U.S. That technique enabled removal of infected gall bladders with microscopic surgery, effected through small openings in the torso instead of normal abdominal surgery fraught with complications and long recovery.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Bauer recognized for work

The Bauers’ interests turned to studying and raising tropical fish. Their research led to a love of oceans and diving. When they retired from medicine and moved to Islamorada, the couple were able to realize their dream, living at the edge of the ocean. Dr. Joe became fascinated with the history of diving and technology that enabled divers to work underwater. His purchase of one hard hat diving rig led to another, then another, until the Bauers accumulated one of the world’s most extensive collections of diving apparatus. Love of books engendered development of a 3,500-volume library that included books about diving from the 1500s up to modern times. As storage for their collections continued to pose issues, the Bauers decided to create a museum. They bought and renovated a storage depot on Overseas Highway in Islamorada. Little by little their

History of Diving Museum grew to become a premier attraction visited by thousands annually, with an outreach program to schools as well as offering regular seminars and programs. Membership in the museum includes free admission as well as discounts in the museum store. After Dr. Joe Bauer died, his wife Sally took the reins of the museum, with a dedicated staff and board. On Jan. 12, Bauer was honored for her achievements at a gala event held at Cheeca Lodge. History of Diving Museum board members sought to honor Bauer, who had been elected into fellowship of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. She received the prestigious NOGI award, a statuette closely resembling the Oscar, in the area of ocean and maritime interest, in Las Vegas a couple of months before. That ceremony was held during annual Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) events. HDM board members decided it was fitting to continue the accolade in the Keys. Islamorada Mayor Deb Gillis

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presented Bauer with a proclamation declaring Jan. 12, 2019 as Dr. Sally Bauer Day. She also was presented with the Ocean Ranger Medal. This medal, only rarely awarded, recognizes those who have demonstrated deep and long-lasting commitment to ocean conservation. The medal was created for the United National Environment Programme with the Underwater Society of America many years ago to award young people that won first prizes in the International Poster Contest for Youth. The History of Diving Museum became a sponsor of the contest last year, creating interest through Monroe County schools. HDM continues to sponsor this year’s contest as a driving force along with UNEP, Wyland Foundation, Guy Harvey Foundation, Billfish Foundation, Explorers Club, the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, NAUI and other organizations dedicated to ocean interest and conservation. The last recipient of the Ocean Ranger Medal, besides young contest winners, was Albert Falco, captain of Calypso, in 1995 at a film festival on the island of Corsica. In accepting the accolades, Bauer recalled the work and dedication her late husband put into the museum, clearly a labor of love by both Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, shared with thousands of annual visitors to the Keys as well as offering outreach programs to schools, community events, lectures and traveling exhibits. More information is at www. divingmuseum.com.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 19-DR-54-M Division: Family MARK TIPSORD, Petitioner, and MARY TIPSORD, Respondent, NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE TO: MARY TIPSORD Respondent’s last known address: 145 JADE STREET, ROTONDA WEST, FL 33947 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on MARK TIPSORD, whose address is P.O. BOX 510784, KEY COLONY BEACH, FL 33051, on or before APRIL 1, 2019, and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 3117 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or e-mailed to the address(es) on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: February 21, 2019 Kevin Madok, CPA Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shakia Mitchell Deputy Clerk Publish: February 28, March 7, 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

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notified that the City of Marathon is accepting sealed bids for Marathon Marina Dinghy Dock Project. The construction of this project consists of labor, materials and equipment necessary to construct a Dinghy Dock with a walkway, gangway, piling and adjustable floating dock pieces as detailed in the Contract Plans for the City of Marathon. Bids shall be prepared, addressed and submitted in compliance with the instructions as set forth herein. The ITB documents shall be obtained through Demandstar (www.demandstar.com). A copy of the ITB documents will be available for inspection at City Hall. ITB DOCUMENTS OBTAINED FROM ANY SOURCE OTHER THAN DEMANDSTAR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE OR COMPLETE, AND EACH POTENTIAL RESPONDENT ASSUMES ALL RISKS BY ITS RELIANCE ON SUCH DOCUMENTS. ANY RESPONDENT WHO HAS NOT OBTAINED THE ITB DOCUMENTS FROM DEMANDSTAR WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED OF ANY ADDENDA ISSUED BY THE CITY, WHICH COULD CONTAIN MATERIAL CHANGES THERETO (SUCH AS ADDITIONS OR CHANGES TO THE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS, EXTENSIONS OF TIME, ETC). All bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes to the City Clerk on or before April 18, 2019 at 3:00PM local time. Any bids received after 3:00 PM on said date will not be accepted and will be returned unopened. Bids submitted will be opened publicly and read aloud at this time in the City Hall Conference Room located at 9805 Overseas Highway Marathon, Florida, on the same date. The City assumes no responsibility for bids not properly marked. A Mandatory Prebid meeting is scheduled for March 26, 2019 at 1:30PM. The meeting is to be held at City Hall, 9805 Overseas Highway with marina visits to follow the meeting. Prospective Bidders shall not contact or otherwise communicate with City staff or City officials except as set forth in Paragraph 4.1 of Section 00200, Instructions to Bidders. Bid Security in the amount of five percent (5%) of the Total Base Bid must accompany the Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders unless otherwise excluded. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities, except timely submission of bids, in any bids received, to re-advertise for bids or to take any other such actions that may be deemed in the best interests of the City. As a matter of information to Bidders, the City does not bind itself to accept the minimum specifications stated herein, but reserves the right to accept any bid, which in the judgment of the City Council will best serve the needs and interests of the City. As a further matter of information to Bidders, the City supports and strongly encourages the use of recycled post-consumer materials in its projects, provided that the product meets all applicable standards of quality and workmanship. The City, as purchasing agent, intends to make use of recycled/recovered post-consumer materials. The City of Marathon encourages Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation in its projects. A goal of five percent of the Contract Price is established for Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation in the Work, and a goal of five percent of the Contract Price is established for Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) participation in the Work. If bidders or prospective contractors (including the Contractor)

intend to let any lower-tier goods or services (including construction) subcontracts for any portion of the Work, they shall physically include these percentage goals for MBE and WBE participation in all solicitations for subcontracts and shall take good faith efforts to assure that MBEs and WBEs are utilized, when possible, as sources of goods and services. Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Pursuant to F.S. 50.0211(3)(a), all published competitive solicitation notices can be viewed at www. floridapublicnotices.com , a searchable statewide repository for all published legal notices. Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar.com OR www.monroecountybids.com. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located at The Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Room 2-213, Key West, Florida. All responses must be sealed and must be submitted to the Monroe County Purchasing Office. For a site visit to view the truck, please contact: Alvin “Cab” Bentley, Battalion Chief Monroe County Fire Rescue/ Key West International Airport Bentley-Alvin@ monroecounty-fl.gov Office telephone number: (305) 809-5220 Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Trust 2006-AR4 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2006-AR4, Plaintiff and David Perets are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Kevin Madok,CPA, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE MONROE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 500 WHITEHEAD STREET, KEY WEST, FL 33040, AT 11:00 A.M. on April 1, 2019, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 76, “AMENDED PLAT OF RIVIERA SHORES, FIRST ADDITION”, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5 PAGE 88 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. Florida Rules of Judicial Administration Rule 2.540 Notices to Persons With Disabilities If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Cheryl Alfonso, ADA Coordinator, Court Operations Manager, 502 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040, 305-295-3652 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SPANISH: Si usted es una persona discapacitada que necesita alguna adaptación para poder participar de este procedimiento o evento; usted tiene derecho, sin costo alguno a que se le provea cierta ayuda. Favor de comunicarse con Cheryl Alfonso, Coordinadora de A.D.A Court Operations Manager, 502 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040, 305-295-3652 por lo menos 7 días antes de que tenga que comparecer en corte o inmediatamente después de haber recibido ésta notificación si es que falta menos de 7 días para su comparecencia. Si tiene una discapacidad auditiva ó de habla, llame al 711. KREYOL: Si ou se yon moun ki kokobé ki bezwen asistans ou aparêy pou ou ka patisipé nan  prosedu sa-a, ou gen dwa san ou pa bezwen péyé anyen pou ou jwen on seri de èd.  Tanpri kontakté Cheryl Alfonso, Co-ordinator ADA, Court Operations Manager, 502 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040, 305-295-3652O’mwen 7 jou avan ke ou gen pou-ou parèt nan tribunal, ou imediatman ke ou resevwa avis sa-a ou si lè ke ou gen pou-ou alé nan tribunalla mwens ke 7 jou; Si ou pa ka tandé ou palé byen, rélé 711. WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal of Said Court, this 1st day of March, 2019. KEVIN MADOK Clerk of the Circuit Court Monroe County, Florida By: Shonta McLeod Deputy Clerk Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

Lienholder, vs. STEVE CHOOYOUNG KIM Obligor TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE PROCEEDING TO: Steve Chooyoung Kim Unit 1D Chester Court 5 Tung Shan Terrace/11111 Midlevels East Hong Kong YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a TRUSTEE’S NON-JUDICIAL PROCEEDING to enforce a Lien has been instituted on the following Timeshare Ownership Interest at Beach House Condominium described as: Unit E32, Week 34, Beach House, a Condominium according to the Declaration of Condominium thereof recorded in Official Records Book 1510, Page 225, Public Records of Monroe County, Florida, and all exhibits attached thereto, and any amendments thereof (the “Declaration”). The default giving rise to these proceedings is the failure to pay condominium assessments and dues resulting in a Claim of Lien encumbering the Timeshare Ownership Interest as recorded in the Official Records of Monroe County, Florida. The Obligor has the right to object to this Trustee proceeding by serving written objection on the Trustee named below. The Obligor has the right to cure the default and any junior interestholder may redeem its interest, for a minimum period of forty-five (45) days until the Trustee issues the Certificate of Sale. The Lien may be cured by sending certified funds to the Trustee payable to the Lienholder in the amount of $4,874.57, plus interest (calculated by multiplying $1.68 times the number of days that have elapsed since February 8, 2019), plus the costs of this proceeding. Said funds for cure or redemption must be received by the Trustee before the Certificate of Sale is issued. David Cramer, Esq. Valerie N. Edgecombe Brown, Esq. Cynthia David, Esq. Nicholas A. Woo, Esq. Michael E. Carleton, Esq. as Trustee pursuant to Fla. Stat. §721.82 P. O. Box 165028 Columbus, OH 43216-5028 Telephone: 407-404-5266 Telecopier: 614-220-5613 Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

PUBLIC NOTICE TO SELL Please take notice that in accordance with Florida Statute 328.17, Marathon Marina & Boat Yard claims a possessory lien on the following described vessel owned by Joe Nascone, Jonathan L. Smith and Dolores Smith: a 1972 Sea Craft 20’, Florida Registration #FFL 6100BA and HIN #FLZE5059L472-1789. Vessel to be sold on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Marathon Marina & Boat Yard, 1021 11th Street Ocean, Marathon FL 33050 Publish: March 7 & 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE U-HAUL COMPANY OF MIAMI Notice is here by given that on March 26th and March 27th, 2019, Leonard Richford Jr. Storage Auctioneer, Executive Administrator for U-Haul Company of Miami, Will be offering for sale under the Judicial Lien Process, By Public Auction, the following storage units. The Terms of the sale will be cash only. U-Haul Company does reserve the right to refuse any bids. The sales will Begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue day by day until all units are sold. 103530 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Fl. 33037. Names And Last Known Addresses are as Follows: FELANTIS BRUNSON RM #1755

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 2019-09 Notice is hereby given that 5T WEALTH PARTNERS LP holder of the following Certificate(s) has filed said Tax Certificate(s) for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Certificate Number and year of issuance, the description of property, and Name in which it is assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 2016/389 Alt Key No: 1138070 Date of Issuance: June 1, 2016 RE: 00510130-000000 Description of Property: 15 66 29 BIG PINE KEY PINE KEY ACRES TRACT XR OR753-1933 OR1146-1056 Name in which assessed: JENKINS EVA V All of said property being in the County of Monroe, State of Florida. Unless such certificate or certificates shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate or certificates will be sold to the highest bidder at the Old Courthouse Steps: 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL Sale Date: April 3, 2019 Sale Time: 10:00am Dated this 11th day of March, 2019 KEVIN MADOK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Aneta Jodkowska, Deputy Clerk Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF INVITATION TO BID All interested parties are hereby

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NOISE INSULATION PROGRAM CONSTRUCTION OF KWBTS (KEY WEST BY THE SEA) BUILDING C 2601 S. Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040 Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar.com OR www.monroecountybids.com or call toll-free at 1-800-711-1712. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located in the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Room 2-213, Key West, Florida. All responses must be sealed and must be submitted to the Monroe County Purchasing Office. Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: PERIMETER FENCE MAINTENANCE, REPAIR & MODIFICATION KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA There will be a mandatory prebid conference on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 2:00 P.M., in the Office of the Airport Director, Key West International Airport, 3491 S. Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040. Pursuant to F.S. § 50.0211(3)(a), all published competitive solicitation notices can be viewed at: www. floridapublicnotices.com, a searchable Statewide repository for all published legal notices. Requirements for submission and the selection criteria may be requested from DemandStar by Onvia at www.demandstar.com OR www.monroecountybids.com. The Public Record is available at the Monroe County Purchasing Office located in the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Room 2-213, Key West, Florida. All responses must be sealed and must be submitted to the Monroe County Purchasing Office. Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMPETITIVE SOLICITATIONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 3:00 P.M., the Monroe County Purchasing Office will receive and open sealed responses for the following: SURPLUS 1998 OSHKOSH FIRE TRUCK (UNIT ID#4086) KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA

Florida Keys Council of the Arts Notice of Upcoming Meetings Art in Public Places Committee Meeting Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Gato Building, First Floor Conference Room, 1st floor, Key West, FL Board of Directors Meeting Thursday, March 28th, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Hyatt Place,1996 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL Meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. Questions? Call the Arts Council office at 305-295-4369. Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers FICTITIOUS NAME NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of MARLIN BAY RESORT & MARINA located at 3800 GULFVIEW AVENUE, MARATHON, FL 33050, intends to register said name with the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. BY: MARLIN BAY YACHT CLUB, INC. Publish: March 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 2017-CA-000155-K NOTICE OF SALE The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor in interest to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for Structured Asset Mortgage Investments II Trust 2006-AR4 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates Series 2006-AR4 Plaintiff, -vs.David Perets; Parrish Anne Marie Handa a/k/a Parrish Handa; JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1; Unknown Parties in Possession #2; Unknown Parties in Possession #3; Unknown Parties in Possession #4 Defendant(s). NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2017-CA-000155-K of the Circuit Court of the 16th Judicial Circuit in and for Monroe County, Florida, wherein The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as successor in

NONJUDICIAL PROCEEDING TO FORECLOSE CLAIM OF LIEN BY TRUSTEE FILE NO.: 18-001713 BEACH HOUSE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION OF KEY WEST, INC., A NONPROFIT CORPORATION UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-000012-P IN RE: ESTATE OF DAVID R. RYERSON, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of David R. Ryerson, deceased, whose date of death was June 21, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • LEGAL NOTICES AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 14, 2019. Personal Representative: Craig R. Ryerson 220 Imperial Drive Edwards, CO 81632 Attorney for Personal Representative: Patrick A. Sadowski Email Address: pasadowski@ eastmansmith.com Florida Bar No. 101752 510 S. Main Street Findlay, Ohio 45840 Telephone: 419-424-5847 Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-000022-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF DONALD J. FLEMING a/k/a DONALD JAMES FLEMING Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Donald J. Fleming a/k/a Donald James Fleming, deceased, whose date of death was December 15, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: March 14, 2019. Personal Representative: Kurt A. Brimmer 480 3rd Street SW Naples, Florida 34117 Attorney for Personal Representative: Joshua O. Dorcey Florida Bar No. 0043724 The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC 10181-C Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. Fort Myers, FL 33966 Telephone: (239) 418-0169 Fax: (239) 418-0048 E-Mail: josh@dorceylaw.com Secondary E-Mail: dee@ dorceylaw.com Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY,

LEGAL NOTICES FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-3-M IN RE: THE ESTATE OF IRVING M. BELIN Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Irving M. Belin, deceased, whose date of death was November 14, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Probate Division, the address of which is 3117 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is: March 7, 2019. Personal Representative: Jack K. Belin 4100 N. Romero Road, #281 Tucson, Arizona 85705 Attorney for Personal Representative: Elizabeth J. Barber, Esq. Florida Bar No. 58183 DUNLAP & MORAN PA P.O. Box 3948 Sarasota, FL 34230 Telephone: (941) 366-0115 Fax: (941) 365-4660 E-Mail: EBarber@dunlapmoran. com Publish: March 7 and 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 442019-CP-000011A001-PK IN RE: ESTATE OF ANN M. TUCCI, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The ancillary administration of the estate of ANN M. TUCCI, deceased, whose date of death was November 25, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Plantation Key, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST

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PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 7, 2019. Personal Representative: MICHAEL TUCCI c/o Paula J. DeBona, Esq. Edward Wacks & Associates, LLC 110 South Jefferson Road, Suite 304 Whippany, NJ 07981 Attorney for Personal Representative: BENJAMIN P. SHENKMAN, ESQ. Florida Bar No. 0043151 Gonzalez, Shenkman & Buckstein, P.L. 1035 S. State Road 7, Ste. 312 Wellington, FL 33414 Telephone: 561-227-1575 bshenkman@gsblawfirm.com Publish: March 7 and 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-18-K Lower Keys IN RE:ESTATE OF RICHARD MCCUSKER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Richard McCusker, deceased, whose date of death was October 12, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for MONROE County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: March 7, 2019. Personal Representative: Michelle C. McCusker 27395 St. Lucie Lane Summerland Key, Florida 33042 Attorney for Personal Representative: RICHARD E. WARNER Attorney Florida Bar Number: 283134 RICHARD E. WARNER, P.A. 12221 Overseas Highway Marathon, FLORIDA 33050 Telephone: (305) 743-6022 Fax: (305) 743-6216 E-mail: richard@rewarnerlaw.com Publish: March 7 & 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: March 14, 2019 Personal Representative: Nancy Carol Kitchens 544 Plante Street P.O. Box 371070 Key Largo, FL 33037 Attorney for Personal Representative: Urban J. W. Patterson, Esq. Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-00006-K IN RE: THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA T. MAJOR Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of PATRICIA T. MAJOR, deceased, whose date of death was October 23, 2018, Case: 19-CP-00006-K is pending in the Circuit Court, Probate Division, the address of which is 500 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is: March 7, 2019. Personal Representative: JANET MOONEY c/o Samuel J. Kaufman Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. 3130 Northside Drive Key West, Florida 33040 Attorney for Personal Representative: Samuel J. Kaufman, Esq. Florida Bar No. 0144304 Law Offices of Samuel J. Kaufman, P.A. 3130 Northside Drive Key West, Florida 33040 Email designation for service: Service.Probate@samkaufmanlaw. com Telephone: (305) 292-3926 Fax: (305) 295-7947 Publish: March 7 and 14, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-17-P IN RE: ESTATE OF GERALDINE MAE THURN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of GERALDINE MAE THURN, deceased, whose date of death was December 29, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.: 19-CP-08-P IN RE: ESTATE OF MICHAEL CARROLL ORDNER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MICHAEL CARROLL ORDNER, deceased, whose date of death was November 7, 2018, File Number 19-CP-08-P, is pending in the Circuit Court for Monroe County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 88820 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Florida 33070. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representatives’ attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is: March 14, 2019 Personal Representatives: Peter J. Ordner 123 Gumbo Limbo Dr Key Largo, FL 33037 Thomas R. Ordner 123 Gumbo Limbo Dr Key Largo, FL 33037 Attorney for Personal Representatives: Urban J. W. Patterson, Esq. Florida Bar Number: 382035 Urban J. W. Patterson, P.A. P.O. Box 783 Islamorada, FL 33036 Telephone: 305-664-5065 Publish: March 14 and 21, 2019 The Weekly Newspapers

CITY OF KEY COLONY BEACH Full-Time Position Assistant City Clerk Duties include but are not limited to: full charge bookkeeping includes accounts payable, multiple bank reconciliations, deposit coding, payroll processing including funding federal deposits and filing quarterly reports, credit card reconciliations, petty cash disbursements and reconciliations. Process rental applications, schedule safety inspections and issue business tax licenses. Administer property manager certification course and issue certifications. Attend committee meetings and record and transcribe minutes of proceedings. Provide staff support to code enforcement and law enforcement officers. Respond to public questions and requests. Provide administrative support to City Clerk. Salary: $48,000 minimum, DOQ Benefits include: Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance; Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays; and Retirement Qualifications: Business-related Associates Degree; requires high level of financial/accounting skills; must be proficient in QuickBooks and Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook; excellent customer service skills; ability to multi-task, ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; requires a high degree of initiative and independent judgment; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with commission, staff, and public. Application form can be found at www.keycolonybeach.net; see “City Government” then “Forms” Equal Opportunity Employer Submit resume and application by mail or in person to: City of Key Colony Beach City Hall 600 West Ocean Drive & 7th St. P.O. Box 510141 Key Colony Beach, FL 33051 Or email to clerk2@keycolonybeach.net

The Advocate DUI Program is hiring a Part Time Position. Office Clerical 2-3 days a week, Customer Service and Computer Skills required. Office located in Marathon, at Town Square Mall. Contact Gary at (305) 394-4522

Sports Officials Needed Baseball, Softball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, & Basketball Levels: Youth, Middle, & High School Contest pay $45-65 per contest, Plus Travel & Insurance w/ registration. MM50 (MHS) to MM105 (KLS) Background check required. For more information email Board@Midkeysofficials.com www.KeysRefs.com Call 305.360.3054


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES • AUTOS WANTED ALL YEARS! Junk or Used. Cars - Vans - Trucks- Running or Not. $ C A S H $ 3 0 5 - 3 3 2 - 0 4 8 3 BOATS FOR SALE

REDUCED 2000 HydraSports 230CC w/225HP Johnson. 470 hours. Many extras. Located in Big Pine Key. $10,000. 734-904-2818 SELL YOUR BOAT HERE - Line ads start at $25/ week for 5 lines of copy! Call 305-743-0844 to get your boat SOLD!! SOLD!! SOLD!! REDUCED: 2009 J14 Carolina Skiff-Mercury 25HP motor, trailer, custom cover. Located in Marathon. $3,750. 205746-6489 SOLD 2000 Angler Center Console w/2 115HP 4-stroke Yamaha motors. Recently rebuilt w/ new heads. Trailer included. Many electronic accessories. Boat owned by Mickey Belin. Good condition. Located in Marathon $12,900 520444-3954 SOLD

BOAT/SLIP FOR SALE

Boat and Slip - Hi-Dry Slip at Marathon BoatHouse - 2004 Wellcraft 21CC 150HP Yamaha $22,000 Both 305-289-5467

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HELP WANTED: PT/ FT Cook and PT Server at small Tiki bar located on the water. Apply in person at Barnacle Barneys located behind Bluegreen Resort, 1688 Overseas Hwy, MM48, Marathon (305)743-7928 Full-Time Program Associate- Middle/Upper Keys Area - The Monroe County Coalition, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit with a focus on substance abuse prevention in Monroe County, has a full-time contractor position available. Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs. Must be able to work flexible hours and local travel. Excellent pay. A preferred applicant is one who is professional, reliable, organized, driven and proficient. Prevention training opportunity to work towards a Florida Certification Board prevention certification. Bilingual is a plus. Interested parties may send resume to Susan Moore prevspec@aol.com.

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Experienced Bartender needed for DAV - Disabled American Veterans. Please inquire at the DAV Hall at 7280 Overseas Highway, Marathon or call 305-743-4705 or 305-481-3259. We would love to interview you!

Staff, Apply in person or call for details: Key Colony Inn - Marathon (305) 743-0100

model Military clocks & watches. Call 305-743-4578

Lot for Sale: Sombrero Beach Road - 75’ X 100’ - canalfront, oceanview. 312-617-5665

SWEET SAVANNAH’S is now hiring for Afternoon and Evening shifts. Please apply in person 8919 Overseas Hwy. Marathon

2BR/1.5BA - 1/2 Duplex. Centrally located in Marathon. Furnished, W/D, dock, waterfront, covered parking. Long term - min. 6 month lease. Avail April 1. $2,100/month + utilities & security. 305-743-6463

Experienced Diesel Technician wanted. Tools and experience is a must. Electronic engine diagnostic experience preferred. Opportunity for growth and training available for qualified applicants. Florida Keys Diesel Repair, 531 107th Street, Marathon. 305-2892070 City of Marathon - Job Openings: Building Inspector/Plans Examiner and Firefighter/Paramedic. EOE FULL BENEFITS Also hiring: Part-time (Temporary) Scanner. www.ci.marathon.fl.us FOOD FOR THOUGHT Organic Cafe hiring kitchen staff. Experience preferred, but willing to train. Apply in person. 5800 O/S Hwy. #23 Marathon BIKE REPAIR NEEDED. Regular maintenance for 8 spin bikes in Marathon. $$. Call 305-775-9909. The Island Gift Shops (Marooned In Marathon 1 & 2) are looking for happy responsible employees to complement our current staff. PART TIME HOURS in a fun environment (good fit for second job) and retirees are welcome! Apply in person at Marooned In Marathon, 11528 Overseas Highway. Landscaping company seeking full-time laborers in Marathon. Call 305-395-8294 Open Job Positions: Restaurant Manager, Wait Staff, Bartenders, Kitchen

Experienced Help Only needed for all positions. Apply in person MonFri 10-11am at Sunset Grille & Raw Bar, Knights Key Blvd. Marathon NEED EMPLOYEES? Line ads start at $25/ week for 5 lines of copy! Call 305-743-0844 today HIRING IMMEDIATELY Waitress/Server needed for busy Breakfast & Lunch. Full or part-time. Stout’s Restaurant, 8349 Overseas Hwy, Marathon. 305-7436437 HIRED Fork Lift Driver & Yard Person. Excellent Pay. Start immediately. Contact Steve (305) 743-7008. Shelter Bay Marina, 77 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon HIRED Sea Dell Motel Hiring Evening Desk Clerk. Some basic computer skills needed. Personable & outgoing. Great working environment. 5000 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 216-509-4400 HIRED Groundskeeper/ Maintenance person, part time or full time. $17-$18 hour wage, based on experience. Sea Isle Condominium, Key Colony Beach. Apply by e-mail: HardingThomasL@ aol.com, or call our office at 305-743-0173. HIRED

HOUSING FOR RENT

Marathon Duplex Ef f icienc y/Kitchenet te - fully furnished incl. all utilities incl. cable for $1,200/month. 2BR/ Large available for $1,700/ month + utilities. Laundry available. Possible furnished, dockage. Section 8 accepted. NO PETS. F/L/S 305-610-8002 2BR/1.5BA Oceanside - On the water - great view. Located in Tavernier. $1,850/month Single Occupancy. $2,150/month Double Occupancy. Includes all utilities. 305-664-7648 1BR/1BA House with detached Studio Apartment for rent in Key Largo (near Holiday Inn). Fenced parking for boat/RV/ 2-3 cars. $1,500/ month F/L/S House is for sale-month to month lease. 216-509-4400 1BR/1BA Duplex $1,700/monthly + Utilities. Centrally located in Islamorada, MM 80, 6 Month Lease, First/Security required. Call 305-664-5023 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri NEED TENANTS? Line ads start at $25/week for 5 lines of copy! Call 305-743-0844 today to get your property RENTED!

HOUSING WANTED HOBBIES/COLLECT.

PRIVATE COLLECTOR WANTS Rolex, Dive watches and Pilot watches. Old

RENTAL WANTED - In Key Colony Beach - long term - 6months/1 year. 2-3 Bedrooms & boat dock. 931-580-7116

NEW 2019 RV TRAILER FOR SALE Never occupied. Sleeps four, electric fireplace, hardwood flooring, one slide-out, power awning, outside built-in refrigerator and stove, LED lighting and more. Located on premier waterfront lot in well-maintained park in Marathon. Boat dock at your door with FREE 6-month dockage. $42,900*

Call (305) 743-6020 *Lot rent not included.

RV FOR SALE

NEW 2019 RV Trailer for sale. Never occupied, sleeps 4, electric fireplace, hardwood flooring, one slide-out, power awning, outside refrig. & stove built-in, LED lighting, and more. Premier waterfront lot in well-maintained park in Marathon. Boat dock at your door with FREE 6-month dockage. $42,900 – lot rent not included. Call (305) 743-6020 RV LOT FOR RENT

Large RV Lot for rent in Marathon. Full hook up. $750/month plus utilities. 3 0 5 - 9 4 2 - 0 7 8 9 YARD SALES

Sat Mar 16 & Sun Mar 17 from 8AM-2PM - Hunting, Fishing & Marine, Lots of tools, power tools, household items, craft items. 123 Bruce Court, Marathon

The Turtle Hospital Systems Specialist

The Turtle Hospital has a PT/ FT opening for a Systems Specialist. Major duties consist of: maintenan ce,

repair and cle aning for water filtrations systems, water quality monitoring, Habitat maintenance and cleaning. Must be physically fit, able to lift 75 pounds and work outdoors. Handyman skills and knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems required. Compensation dependent on experience. Stop by to complete an application or email your resume to turtlehosp@aol.com The Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway, Marathon 305-743-2552


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• CLASSIFIEDS, PUBLIC & LEGAL NOTICES •

305.743.0844

DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER 58901 O/S Hwy - Grassy Key, FL Teaching... Learning...Caring

OCEAN KEY RESORT & SPA IS HIRING! • FT Assistant Controller • FT Engineer • FT Front Desk Agent • FT Sous Chef • FT Reservations Agent • FT Bell Valet Attendant • PT Shirt Shack Sales @ at Sunset Pier

Apply online at: https://www.noblehousehotels.com/careers Apply in person at: Zero Duval St. Come see why our employees love to call Ocean Key home! Great pay, amazing benefits, & an awesome team! EOE

Shell World Key Largo, seeking engaging, dependable, experienced person(s) to work with the team at Mile Marker 97.5, Full-time and part-time opportunities available, some weekend and evening hours. Opportunities for advancement, great benefits, competitive salary and flexible hours. Please stop by and fill out application or Fax resume to 305-852-9639.

Dolphin Research Center has a FT opening for an Accounting Assistant: Responsible for processing Accounts Payable, Journal Entries to GL system plus other accounting processes. Must be a responsible, organized and motivated individual who demonstrates excellent “team player” skills. Benefits include medical insurance, 401(k), vacation and paid holidays. Job description available at www.dolphins.org. E-mail your resume to drc-hr@dolphins.org. EOE

DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER 58901 O/S Hwy - Grassy Key, FL Teaching... Learning...Caring

Dolphin Research Center has Full-Time & Part-Time Permanent Positions for Guest Services. Duties are multifaceted including welcoming guests, taking reservations and photo sales. Job description available at www.dolphins.org. E-mail your resume and a DRC application to drc-hr@dolphins.org. EOE

We Buy Gold Locally! Cash Flow Jewelry and Pawn Townsquare Mall Marathon

NEED EMPLOYEES? HAVE SOMETHING TO SELL? Put your classified ad here for only $55/week in 30,000 copies from Key Largo to Key West. Call (305) 743-0844 Today!

Top pay for Trim Carpenter. Must have own tools/transportation and bilingual a plus. Call Sammy @ 305-522-4166.

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

is now hiring for Afternoon & Evening Shifts. Please Apply In Person 8919 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

Immediate opening for a HVAC Service Technician Upper & Middle Keys. Great Pay • Paid Holidays • Sick Pay • Medical Insurance • Paid Vacation

Apply in person 171 Hood Ave • MM 91.5 • Tavernier p 305-852-2960 • f 305-852-0656

The Guidance/Care Center, Inc. a division of

“Uplifting the human spirit since 1973”

THE GUIDANCE/CARE CENTER, Inc.

KEY LARGO

Peer Support Specialist (4279) Behavioral Health Counselor (5655)

MARATHON

Driver (2995) CDL required Behavioral Health Tech (PT-4377) PGC Drop in Technician (PT-2435) Heron Direct Care Worker (PT-3558) Register Nurse (Per Diem-3799) Maintenance Specialist (2437) Peer Specialist (4172) The Heron Night Manager (contract, 4929) Maintenance Coordinator (5728)

KEY WEST

Adult Behavioral Health Therapist (3566) Case Manager (4786) Background/Drug Screening Required. TO APPLY: www.westcare.com/page/get-involved_02F Then search location EOE M/F/D/V

$$ EARN EXTRA MONEY $$ HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED FOR A SMALL RELAXED RESORT IN MARATHON. WORK FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY. PLEASE CALL 305-433-1255 Coco Plum Beach and Tennis Club Marathon, Florida

MARATHON GARBAGE SERVICE We are now hiring for the following positions:

Diesel Mechanic Truck Helpers CDL Drivers Applicants must apply in person to be considered. 4290 Overseas Hwy, Marathon


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CoCo’s General Store

NOW HIRING:

Part-time Deli and/or Retail Sales. Must be available on weekends. Apply in person at 50 Coco Plum Drive, Marathon 305-743-7743

305.743.0844

Sweet Savannah’s Bake Shop

is now hiring for Afternoon & Evening Shifts. Please Apply In Person 8919 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

NOW HIRING

Full or Part Time Guest Services

Answer phones, take reservations, greet customers with a smile. Cashier responsibilities, must be able to multi task.

Full or Part Time Dive Instructor

Responsible for safely guiding guests through in-water encounters. Must enjoy working with people and have a passion for marine life.

Part Time Café Help

Duties include taking orders from customers, handling cash, cooking and serving. Must be 18 yrs. or older.

Part Time Morning Landscaping & Maintenance Please apply in person at Aquarium Encounters 11710 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

The Hammocks at Marathon

Bungalows Key Largo NOW HIRING Bartenders Servers Room Attendants Line Cooks Bellman Reservations Sales Agent Spa Coordinator

Excellent Benefit Package Apply in person at 1996 Overseas Highway or online at www.spottswood.com EOE/m/f/d/v

JOB OPENINGS GUEST SERVICE AGENT TELEPHONE AGENT NIGHT AUDITOR Excellent Benefit Package EOE M/F/D/V

SCAN FOR JOB

Apply on line at Spottswood.com/careers

• Housekeeper

GREAT BENEFITS:

Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance 4 Weeks Paid Time Off 401(k) with Company Match & much more

PART TIME POSITION AVAILABLE $1,000 Sign-on Bonus! Part Time Guest Services/Relief Night Auditor

TO APPLY:

Online > jobs.bluegreenvacations.com In Person > The Hammocks at Marathon 1688 Overseas Highway, Gulf Side, Mile Marker 48, Marathon

Bungalows Key Largo is an EOE

Or Call > Andre at 305.743.9009

NOW HIRING

NOW HIRING Key Largo, Tavernier & Marathon Locations

EOE m/f/d/v

$1,000 Sign-on Bonus!

If you have a passion for guest service and hospitality, please apply online at www.bungalowskeylargo.com

Both full or part time positions available at Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort. Line Cook, Servers, Host, Housekeepers, Night Auditor, Reservations Agent and Food Runners.

FULL TIME JOB OPPORTUNITIES

ASSISTANT MANAGER / MANAGER DEVELOPMENT CANDIDATES $15 per hour Immediate Openings available at all locations. FT Employees are eligible to participate in our health, dental, vision, Life Insurance. PTO and Profit Sharing is available to every member of our team (conditions apply).

HOW TO APPLY: Go to mytomthumb.com or call Cleveland (786) 295-5307.

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Front Desk; Doormen/Greeters; Spa & Retail; Activity Coordinators; Housekeepers; House-Person; Public Area Attendant; Laundry Attendant; Host; Bartender; Servers; Bar Backs; Food Runners; Cashier; Line Cook; Pizza Cook; Pantry Cook; Stewarding; Storeroom attendant and more. Please stop by for application or contact us at 305.481.9451 Isla Bella Beach Resort 1 Knights Key Blvd, (MM 47) • Marathon, FL, 33050


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LET’S DO BUSINESS - 305.363.2957 y’s www.KeysSlidingGlassDoorRepair.com And Sliding Glass Door Repair Roller Maintenance Track Maintenance Door Alignment Security Pins Safety Locks Handles

We Also Repair & Replace Patio Door Screens

305-998-8953 Insured • Professional • Reliable

NEW & REPAIR

305-664-0099 www.TikiHuts.com

STATE CERTIFIED THATCHING CONTRACTOR CYC 000002

MARCH HARE MARINE SERVICES CERTIFIED MARINE SURVEYS MASTER MARINE SURVEYOR SERVING ALL THE KEYS

office: cell: e-mail:

305-743-3368 305-240-4487 mhms@juno.com CAPTAIN DAVID A. FOLEY

Let our 40+ years of experience go to work for you! For professional, competitive travel planning Call Debbie or Lani at 305 743 7575 Business hours: MON-TUE-THU-FRI 9am to 4pm Appointments by request.

SOLAR DONE RIGHT! CALL US FOR A FREE HOME ESTIMATE

We also service and sell: Marine A/C, Refrigeration, Watermakers, Batteries, Solar Systems, Anything Electrical! • SINCE 1976 •

305-289-1150

Florida Solar Contractor CVC 56734

www.saltenergy.net www.saltservice.net 2992 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050

Only $50 Puts Your Business Card Here

Sportfishing Adventures

Dolphin-Tuna-Wahoo-Billfish-Snapper-Grouper-Shark Deep Sea –Off Shore-Reef-Wrecks-Gulf

info@johnnymaddoxcharters.com

305-481-3259

Keys Fisheries Market & Marina Mile Marker 48.5, Marathon End of 35th Street Bayside

Tewes Mortgage

Your local, residential lending expert!

Call 305.495.6000 for a FREE Consultation

Brian Tewes

Customer service is my strength Brian@tewesmortgage.com

NMLS# 375025 Tewes Mortgage NMLS# 1453791 NMLSConsumerAccess.org

www.TewesMortgage.com

METAL ROOFING

SPECIALIST 305-664-1010 www.roofer.pro


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PUT ME IN, COACH Upper Keys Little League begins

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atter up! On March 1, the Upper Keys Little League held its Opening Day ceremonies at Key Largo Park. Festivities included the appearance of the Miami Marlins mascot, Billy, some food from Chef Drew’s Island Catering and the opening pitch. ­—Weekly staff report

DOUG FINGER/Keys Weekly 1. Marilyn Beyer, retired founding board member and former long-time president of the Upper Keys Little League, throws the opening pitch to Miami Marlins mascot Billy during opening day at Key Largo Park. 2. People move about the Upper Keys Little League's Opening Day at Key Largo Park on March 1. 3. Blue Marlins T-ball coach Teak Esslinger and his team meet with Miami Marlins mascot Billy.

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HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS 4-6PM 1/2 Off Appetizers $2 Domestic Drafts $3.50 Well Drinks Pizza & Pitcher Combos

DAILY DINE IN SPECIALS

Mondays Cheese Slice $1.65 Pepperoni Slice $1.99 Tuesdays is Locals day 10% off all day with local ID. Wednesday 60¢ Wings All Day Thursdays Spaghetti Marinara $8.25 and Chicken Parmesan Dinner $9.95

Karaoke EVERY Friday 7-10PM

Delivery from MM 96 to MM 106 101417 Overseas Highway, Tradewinds Plaza, Key Largo MM 101 www.islandkeylargo.com • 305 451-8008

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